Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Grizz in B&W
Grizz fishes up into a narrow corridor on a tributary of the River Monnow

With the trout season here in Wales ending in just 15 days, over the past two weeks I’ve finally managed to successfully break my routine of casting practice and actually managed to spend a little time on the water; time, I might add, in the company of a few fantastic friends.

It all started two weeks ago…

Two weekends ago I was visited by Mr & Mrs C who, you may remember, very kindly and generously played reciprocal hosts to me last year (click here to read the full report). During their two-day visit we managed to spend one day fishing on a personal favourite small stream and another on the larger, slightly more intimidating, Red River; the River Usk. Of course, to break all of this boring fishing up was healthy sprinkling of evening dinners, pub lunches and good few beers/glasses of wine.

Both days proved a little difficult and both were very out of character (as is always the case when friends come to visit). In the end, however, I’m pleased to say that my guests had a fantastic time. If they’re reading this, I do hope they come back soon; there are grayling to be caught!

Onto this past weekend and I joined another friend for a small stream foray and, this time, saw us fishing one of the River Monnow tributaries. After a deluge of rain the night before we were confronted by chocolate coloured waters, but onwards we pushed.

Fishing was tough, but fish were caught, and all in the relaxed, jovial way that comes with fishing with this individual. Stand too close to the river bank when we’re fishing and you may just make out such lines as ‘Think you’ve wrecked that pool Gar” or, after dropping more than two fish from the hook, ‘You using those rubber hooks again?’ A great day, ended with a great pint of Wye Valley’s Butty Bach, of which I’m a huge fan!

…and it all ends in another two.

I’ll have maybe two full days on the water before the season comes to a close but, with this abstinence forced upon my love affair comes the necessary focus and full commitment towards the Game Angling Instructors Certificate. Time spent ‘waving sticks in a field’ will continue to rise, as will the amount of reading and research – every scrap of casting mechanics literature that I can get my paws on will, in someway, be dissected and stored away for future recollection.

I once heard, however, that all work and no play somehow affects your intelligence levels, so on this basis, I’ll maybe have the odd day’s fishing on the lower Taff Wye or Severn for the wonderful (but not as cool as brown trout) Thymalus thymalus. If conditions allow, I may even be allowed to fish tiny dry-flies.

Have a great end of the season everyone! The clock is ticking; get out there!

A few memories of the past two weekends…

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Mr & Mrs C

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Danica

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Mr C Hard At Work

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: A Sweet Cast From Mrs C

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: The Hard Work Pays Off

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: The Hard Work on the River Usk Begins

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: One of the Rare Captures of Usk Brown Trout

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Mrs C Fishing a Very Fishy Looking Run

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Evening Descends on the Red River

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Blue Skies After a Deluge of Rain the Night Before

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Evidence of Rain with Coloured Waters

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: Juvenile Grayling Abound

Fishing, Beer and the End of All Things Trout: The Grizz

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